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Feb.5 - Day 5/Week 3

Posted 02-06-2012 at 12:10 PM by seriouscat

Got up late on Sunday after messing with the bindings. I didnít think I progressed enough for the next lesson, so I decided to go for a afternoon practice run . The new malamute boots are much much stiffer, and press on some weird pressure spots while just walking and standing. however they would prove to be extreme comfortable while riding. This the first day I felt no discomfort on the feet. They do however, have a much larger footprint than the Burton boots.

The 3 hour session was pretty uneventful. I focused entirely on linking turns. While the lean factor on heel to toe turn has been much better, the turning still isnít as smooth as I like it to be. Upon further self analysis I found Iím not bending the front knee enough while turning, resulting in a stiff leaning motion. Focusing on the knees more made the linking flow much better.

Surprising enough I found the heel to toe turn is now easier initiate than the tow to heel. However I tend to have better control of speed out of the turns with the heel edge. With the much improvement turning control i ventured to a small steep gap. Turning was still in control with the increase inclination, but since I am now going at higher speeds, the radius of turn is getting big again. Hopely it will getter with practice. I also tried some dynamic turning on a cat track type area. Felt strange at first, but I was going in the direction of my shoulders. Wiped out on a toe to heel again. Not sure if itís my knees still not bouncy enough, or just impatience waiting for turn to complete.

Areas for improvement for next session are knee motion, and rhythm in following the turn. I donít know if it was the boots or more riding time, but I could feel the contour of the terrain vs board better and identify more of whatís going on under my foot.

Total hours spent:
3 hours practice

Falls/fatigue factor:
Couple falls right onto the right hip where I fell last time. Didnít feel fantastic. No abnormal fatigue.
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